James Wan and Steven Spielberg to co-produce Arachnophobia reboot

James Wan

James Wan

However, almost 30 years on, the film is the latest candidate for a big screen remake.

Blockbuster filmmaker Wan, whose credits include The Conjuring, Furious Seven and Warner Bros' upcoming Aquaman, will not be directing the remake, but will be shepherding the film's fruition as producer.

The remake is in its very early stages at this point with only Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment and Wan's Atomic Monster and the film's original director, Frank Marshall as an executive producer attached. As of now the film does not have a director, actor or even writers. It is not thought that Wan will direct.

The original movie, released by Disney's Hollywood Pictures label, and produced by Amblin and Tamgled Wed Prods, focused on a newly discovered Venezuelan spider being transported to a small American town and producing a new species of deadly spiders, which begin killing the town's residents.


Released in 1990, the original Arachnophobia starred Jeff Daniels as arachnophobe Dr. Ross Jennings and John Goodman as exterminator Delbert McClintock, two of a "few fearless souls" who journey to locate a poisonous queen South American spider that crossed the USA border., bred like insane, and became a massive killer.

Made in 1990, Arachnophobia featured New Zealand spiders amongst the cast. It's in post-production on the latest in the "Conjuring" universe, "The Nun", which hits theaters on Sep. 7.

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